About Karita Mattila

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Karita Mattila (pronounced KAH-ree-tah MAHT-ee-lah according to the New York Times) was born in Ervelä, Finland, or in Somero, Finland. I have seen reports as to both places, and I do not know which is correct. The two places are about sixty kilometres apart. Raised on a farm and trained at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Karita Matila now resides in London with her husband.

"[S]he also returns often to Finland, where she is besieged by loving fans. . . .

"[But] for truly getting away from it all, Mattila and her husband retreat to their vacation home on the Florida coast -- she won't say where, exactly.

"'The Gulf is great, and we don't talk about the politics at all. It's a real hideaway. When I go there, I'm just Mrs. Kuneinen.'"--from an
article in the San Francisco Chronicle of November 2, 2002.


Karita Mattila was a prize winner at the  Lappeenranta Solo Voice Competition in Finland in 1981.


Karita Mattila made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1991 as Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni.


In 2006, the Boston Symphony Orchestra (conducted by James Levine) programmed three performances of the rarely-performed Schoenberg work Gurrelieder. This footage was taken after Part I, as the three illustrious soloists take their bows: Johan Botha, Karita Mattila, and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.


The return of Jenufa to the Metropolitan Opera "was a triumph for sopranos Karita Mattila and Deborah Polaski who gave electrifying performances as the title character and her stepmother, Kostelnicka," wrote Mike Silverman in an Associated Press review of January 14, 2003.


A recording of Jenufa starring Karita Mattila, with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, conducted by Bernard Haitink was released at on December 17, 2002.

Karita "Mattila and Jorma Silvasti are vocally resplendent as the romantic leads, and Mr. Haitink and the Covent Garden orchestra work wonders with Janacek's often brutally impractical orchestration. Every note can be picked out of the meticulously balanced textures, and even the shortest phrases are lovingly shaped."--from an article by Derek Katz in the New York Times of January 5, 2003.


A list of some upcoming performances

Another list of some upcoming engagements

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